|Might even be a Clark's in here that I missed.|
Both Western and Heermann's Gulls were pretty abundant here, and the wind kept them suspended in the air long enough for some good shots.
|A young Heermann's.|
I was a bit paranoid that even if there was a Clark's I would overlook it. Birds were diving all the time, so it wouldn't have been that hard to miss an odd bird. However when I did actually find my first Clark's it was stark obvious, at least to me.
Royal Terns were sporadic here, but I did manage to get far better images of them this time.
|Another Heermann's ruffled up by the wind. I never knew they were white under their throat.|
|All three are in here; small and long-billed. Can you find them all?|
|These Long-billed Curlews have an extraordinary long bill even for a Curlew.|
While looking through the viewfinder I saw a dark egret like shape amongst the terns, and there was my Reddish Egret. To be honest I was beginning to think it wasn't here. But I was mistaken. It was infact a [Little Blue Heron] (thanks Liam!), another vagrant egret to the region.
Would still rather call it a Blueberry Egret.
To finish things off I found a black beetle on the sidewalk. And I was quite surprised; it was a Darkling Beetle. Not a Darkling as in Mealworms, but a true desert Darkling beetle like those you see on National Geographic. Not something I expected to see.